We set up a Wismer family text group. Thankfully, there are only a total of four of us. So it’s not that irritating. This past Saturday, I texted my people and asked someone to remind me of something that either I heard or while playing in the garden was an original thought.  (By the way, no one remembered to remind me, another brilliant thought might have been lost forever.) The/my thought was where there is no capacity for joy, there is no capacity for goodness.  Okay, if no one else takes credit for the quote, I will because I always wanted to see my name on goodreads.com with some catchy quote next to it.
Capacity comes from the Old French capacité meaning “ability to hold.”  If I have the ability to hold joy then I am able to experience the goodness that surrounds me in the blessings of the everyday.  The thought put me in my thinking chair. First, pondering the distinction between joy and goodness, which together I never really thought much about. That led to wondering if the reverse is true as well – where there is no capacity for goodness, there is no capacity for joy. Then, can the same be said for gratitude and generosity, kindness and peace? How much does joy offer us? How much does joy influence our perception and participation in our daily path and worldview?  Is joy that foundational?
On the eve of election night and/or on Election Day the invitation is to sit with joy. Hold joy close and be reminded of both the goodness that surrounds your life and the good purpose for which you were created.

Scripture Reading: Psalm 27:4
“One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple.”

Reflection Questions:
How do you define capacity?
What is the difference between joy and goodness?
How much does joy influence your perception and participation in your daily walk and worldview?
Who brings you joy and why?

Prayer:  Holy God, you bless me with a capacity to behold your presence. Let joy settle deep down in my heart and let goodness follow me all the days of my life. Amen.

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